Livestock & Forage Conference

The Christian County Livestock & Forage Conference will be held March 23rd in the Clever High School Commons from 6:00-8:45 p.m. Click on the following link for more information. Livestock & Forage Conference Brochure (PDF)


Grow Your Farm Course


There will be an upcoming Grow Your Farm Course in Mt. Vernon, MO.  This program will connect people considering a farm career with successful farm operators and business experts.  This eight week course will begin February 20th and continue into April.  Most sessions will focus on business planning and the process of selecting enterprises that can be profitable, based on an individual’s skills and resources.

Class size is limited to 20 farms so pre-registration is required by February 15th.

A fee of $130 per operation (for two participants) includes courses and one set of materials. For each additional person, there is a small extra charge of $25.  There is a reduced fee of $35 for veterans, Latinos, and those from socially disadvantaged groups.  Fees include the cost of a course notebook and additional textbook, copies of the set of Grow Your Farm PowerPoint presentations, group sessions with guest speakers, farm tours and refreshments. To register, contact the Christian County Extension Center at 417-581-3558, or e-mail Jim Spencer Jr. @ spencerjr@missouri.edu .

This program is funded by the USDA as part of an $8.4 million set of grants to 24 states through the Outreach and Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers Program, also known as the 2501 Program.

Grow Your Farm Brochure (PDF)

Agriculture Programs in Southwest Missouri

Download our master list of University of Missouri Extension agriculture and horticulture programs planned for this winter and spring. The list grows daily and is updated here each week. Ag Program List (PDF)

Pesticide Collection Event

Download information regarding a free Pesticide Collection for Missouri Farmers and Household Pesticide Collection Flyer (PDF)

MU Extension marketing campaign promotes healthy eating, physical activity

University of Missouri Extension’s Family Nutrition Program has launched a social marketing campaign in July and August to promote healthy eating, physical activity and gardening. The goal of “Live Like Your Life Depends On It” is to reduce the risk for chronic disease by encouraging healthy behaviors in adults. The message is being spread via billboards, posters, fliers and social media.
Seasonal & Simple App Information (PDF)

Master Beekeeping Certification Program starting this year in Missouri
Master Beekeeping Letter (PDF)
Master Beekeeping Brocuhure (PDF)

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